On view through February 23 is “American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells,” at the Portland Museum of Art. More than 35 photographs from the 20th century illustrate the country’s beauty, its diversity, and its place in the greater artistic canon.
United States and Switzerland, 1914 – 1999
Bird’s Eye, 1945, printed 1970s
gelatin silver print
11 x 19 inches
Portland Museum of Art, Maine © 2013 Estate of Rudy Burckhardt. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Maine philanthropists Owen and Anna Wells have recently gifted the museum 69 photographs, and a selection of those have made their way into the exhibition. From vast landscapes to serene, intimate moments, these photographs offer a wide representation of scenes and locales. They also demonstrate exciting experimentation by some photographers that advanced the medium’s scope and expressiveness.
These are views of America through the lenses of some of the greatest artists.
United States, 1932
Apple Orchard, Tesuque, NM, 1981
dye coupler print
13 1/8 x 19 3/4 inches
Portland Museum of Art, Maine © Paul Caponigro.
Coming up on February 7 is a curator talk by Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art at the museum. Free with museum admission, the talk will take place from 12 – 12:45 PM. Get insights on the exhibition from May, whose expert knowledge will surely open your eyes to new ways of looking at what is a stunning collection of photographs. Visit the PMA website for more information about the talk and the exhibition.